War Paintings of the Tsuu T'ina Nation

SKU: 9781772120523

Arni Brownstone
Grade Levels:
College, University
Blackfoot, Tsuu T'ina
Book Type:
University of Alberta Press
Copyright Date:

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War Paintings of the Tsuu T'ina Nation is a study of several important war paintings and artifact collections of the Tsuu T’ina (Sarcee) that provides insight into the changing relations between the Tsuu T’ina, other Plains First Nations, and settler communities during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Arni Brownstone has meticulously created renderings of the paintings that invite readers to explore them more fully. All known Tsuu T’ina paintings are considered in the study, as are several important collections of Tsuu T’ina artifacts, with particular emphasis on five key works. Brownstone’s analysis furthers our understanding of Tsuu T’ina pictographic war paintings in relation to the social, historical, and artistic forces that influenced them and provides a broader understanding of pictographic painting, one of the richest and most important First Nation artistic and literary genres. During much of the nineteenth century, paintings functioned as the Plains First Nations’ equivalent to written records. The majority of their paintings documented warfare, focusing on specific war deeds. These pictorial narratives, appearing on hide robes, war shirts, tipi liners, and tipi covers, were maintained by the several dozen First Nations of the Plains, and they continue to expand historical knowledge of a people and place in transition. Arni Brownstone is the assistant curator of world cultures at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

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